My first selection are these peep-toe, ankle strap wedges from Apepazza at Yoox. (£69) What's great about these shoes, other than that gentle, wearable wedge heel, is the way they marry smart, durable leather with a summery espadrille sole. Normally an ankle strap is a no-no for elongating the look of your legs, but because this one is skin-toned, from a distance, it won't be obvious. Lovely, too is the peep-toe styling. Perfect for a glimpse of polished toenail, and because it allows a certain degree of vertical movement for the toes, it's actually more comfortable too.
Does it have to be plain beige? Yes and no. Lots of beige shoes have a darker strap, heel, sole, or even toe section - and while these might be stylish in their own way, they won't have the effect of elongating the leg because they create a horizontal line on the foot. The shoes above, however (Vic Mattie at Yoox - £98), use colour as an accent - a splash that enlivens but doesn't break up the flattering monochromatic line. Another open toe, too - these shoes are unashamedly dressy and quite grown up. Imagine them with an iris coloured dress for a special occasion. Love the sexy curve of that heel, too.
Can beige be young and sexy? Absolutely. Look at these fabulously eighties-vixen stilettos from Love Label at Very. They're a steal at £32, and beautifully detailed with tiny gold studs and a chunky concealed platform to make that heel more wearable. These are enough of a statement to hold their own against a sexy short skirt, but are the right tone to flatter this season's fashionably pale pins. (No really, tans are 'out' - you can thank the vampires all over our screens).
Oh - and if you're Friday Frocking tomorrow, don't forget to let the swelegencia know - and let the compliments flow.